'''Thomas Paine''' (born '''Thomas Pain''';
[ – In the contemporary record as noted by Conway, Paine's birth date is printed in Volume I, page 3, as January 29, 1736–37. Common practice was to use a dash or a slash to separate the old-style year from the new-style year. Paine's birth date, between January 1, and March 25, advances by eleven days and his year increases by one to February 9, 1737. The Old Style and New Style dates|O.S. link gives more detail if needed.]
– June 8, 1809) was an English-American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States
, he authored the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution
, and he inspired the Patriot (American Revolution)|rebels
in 1776 to declare independence from Britain.